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Faith of Our Mothers

Phyllis Diller expressed her high hopes for her children this way — "I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them." Here's to all the good, godly mothers today who are still on the job attempting to take what God says to them seriously. Whether you work full-time as a housewife and mother or are involved in a job/career outside your home, your task as a mother is a challenging one. It is labor intensive physically but also at times tough mentally and emotionally. On top of that, society at large no longer regards and esteems your work as a mother as highly as in days past. But God still does! His word provides a blueprint to the unique and vital role He calls you to play in the lives of your children and grandchildren (1 Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:3-5). The Bible salutes your herculean efforts to serve, protect, equip, and love your family (see Proverbs 31:10ff). Cultural fads and worldly wisdom aside, mothers have a profound and unique opportunity to impact the world for good.

Since 1849, Frederick W. Faber's song, "Faith of Our Fathers," has encouraged the church to follow in the steps of earlier believers who were faithful to God and His word through thick and thin. But think for a moment about the "Faith of Our Mothers." The Bible's pages are filled with mothers whose faith played a major role in moving God's story and scheme of redemption along from its conception till it culminated with the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Eve was the first to give in to the serpent's temptation, but God told the serpent (read devil), "And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel" (Genesis 3:15). Fast-forward in the Bible to Galatians 4:4 and read, "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law." That woman was, of course, the virgin Mary (see Matthew 1:18ff; Luke 1:26ff) and her Seed was Jesus Christ! In between Eve and Mary is a list of women/mothers whose faith played as large a part in accomplishing God's plan as did the men/fathers! Notable among them are mothers like Sarah who bore Isaac to Abraham; Isaac's wife Rebekah who bore Jacob; Jacob's wife Rachel who bore their beloved son Joseph. And who could forget Jochebed who prepared a little ark and by faith laid baby Moses in the reeds by the banks of the river (see Exodus 2:1ff; Hebrews 11:23ff)?! That mother's faith has been impacting the world for 3,500 years counting! Without a Hannah there could have been no Samuel. Timothy's faith was genuine, but the apostle Paul noted it "dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice" (2 Timothy 1:5). Not all mothers have faith, but those who do continue to impact the story of God's people to this day. A. B. Patten wrote (to the tune of "Faith of Our Fathers") — "Faith of our mothers, guiding faith, for youthful longing, youthful doubt. How blessed our vision, how blind our way, thy providential care without. (Chorus) Faith of our mothers, guiding faith, we will be true to thee to death. Faith of our mothers, Christian faith, is truth beyond our stumbling creeds, Still serve the home and save the church, and breathe thy spirit through our deeds. Mothers with faith continue to impact us and our world. Thank God for the faith of our mothers.

Dan Gulley
Smithville church of Christ